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Salthill Devon continued their impressive 100% start to the season with an impressive and deserved 3-0 win over city rivals, Galway Hibs, writes Kenny Gavin.
High Noon was the kick off time but someone forgot to tell the referee who arrived at 12.30.
A physical start to the game had been anticipated and Salthill Devon almost scored in the first minute as Finian O’Laoi released David Patton down the right wing and his pin-point cross found the head of Ben Cahill whose rebound-headed effort beat the keeper but just looped over the bar. Devon’s 2nd attack almost ended in a dividend as Kevin Cahalan came close.
For the next 30 minutes or so, the game became very physical with stops and starts but credit to the home side as they didn’t wilt once in the face of battle and it wasn’t long before the opposition realized they were not about to bully this Devon side.
The opening goal came right at the end of the 1st half as Dessie Connelly, David Patton and Finian O’Laoi combined to delicately deliver the ball into the penalty box and Adam Fitzgerald rose highest to claim the deftest of touches to finish into the corner of the net giving the Hibs custodian, Mark Walsh, no chance.
Devon started the 2nd half as they had the first and a sweetly-struck free kick from the burgeoning talent of Ben Cahill was too hot to handle for the Hibs keeper and recent Irish U-15 International captain, Evan Murphy was on hand to score his 6th goal of the season for the 16s. His fine form and self- confidence is encouraging to see as he improves with each game. Ross Murphy & Caimin Rooney replaced David Patton and Adam Fitzgerald respectively. Caimin Rooney was instructed to hold the midfield and sit in front of the back four and Ross Murphy was brought on to terrorise the full back with his strength,speed & accurate delivery.
…Evan Murphy was on hand to score his 6th goal of the season for the 16s. His fine form and self- confidence is encouraging to see as he improves with each game
The goal of the game followed as Devon’s rearguard dealt with the Hibs attack and Davy Carter found Kevin Cahalan who released the speedy Ciaran Nugent who had switched to right wing at this point and his raw speed allowed him to skin his marker and deliver a quality ball into the box as the in-rushing Ben Cahill attempted to get on the end of it but an outstretched hand from the keeper saw the ball fall to the edge of the box and Kevin Cahalan was on hand to finish accurately to the bottom corner of the net.
A terrific goal that would be appreciated at any level of football.
Shane Kelly replaced Robert Finnerty and Mark Wynne replaced Finian O’Laoi as Devon comfortably saw out the game and were not flattered with the 3-0 scoreline.
Devon Squad: James Grealish, Dessie Connelly, Evan Murphy Capt., David Carter, Robert Finnerty, Finian O’Laoi, Adam Fitzgerald, David Patton, Kevin Cahalan, Ben Cahill, Ciaran Nugent, Ross Murphy, Shane Kelly, Caimin Rooney, Mark Wynne